We hope that you all had a wonderful half term break with your families, it whizzed by, didn’t it? We ended last term with a wonderful sleep over, organised by Mrs Hopkins and Miss Brint. I am extremely grateful to them for taking the time to do this, especially at such short notice (a request from the school council) and at the end of term. The children had a fabulous time!
On Monday, staff were really lucky to take part in the West Gloucestershire School Partnerhip’s CPD with Mr Lee Parkinson, otherwise known as Mr P ICT. He is a bit of an internet sensation with teachers as he provides lots of really valuable information how to use iPads to engage learners and enable them to make progress, particularly with their writing. We have started to implement some of his ideas already and are really excited about implementing a lot more. The children are enthralled with ‘Seesaw’ as they can share their learning directly with you. Below is a link to Mr P ICT’s blog:
On Tuesday, I attended a National Conference hosted by Bishop Rachel all about Social Media and how it impacts on children’s (and adult’s) perception of their body and what they perceive to be perfect. It was extremely enlightening and really made me think about the language that I use when talking to people. Here are some of the links to some of the information that I received:
Willow all got to go to Pizza Express in Monmouth to learn about nutrition and how to make pizzas. I was little envious when they all come back with their delicious pizzas to take home; no one offered to share!
Photographs of this trip will follow, keep an eye out!
We cannot thank all of you that contribute to school events and the team of people who organise these events enough. We have taken delivery of 6 new laptops to support children’s learning from the funds that you have contributed to us. The children are beyond excited!
The Rotary Club
Mrs Frith took a call late this afternoon from the Forest of Dean Rotary Club to say that a grant that I applied for was successful. They have awarded us with £500 to buy some more iPads. This couldn’t have come at a better time following our inspiring CPD outlined above.